The Advertising Club of Buffalo is pleased to recognize four bright communications students as part of our annual Don Nichols Scholarship competition. Jessica Puskar, Lucy Norton, Ali Casarsa, and Grace Gruarin, all students of Villa Maria College, presented us with remarkable work.
The Don Nichols Scholarship competition, now in its 16th year, awards promising communications students a little financial help for their education. Each year, we present students with a thought-provoking theme that they are tasked with bringing to life. And this year’s theme of “21st Century Icons” garnered entries from more than 40 talented students. Jessica Puskar’s work featured Malala Yousafzai and was awarded first place. Lucy Norton’s work featured Kate Middleton and won second place. Ali Casarsa’s work featured Tobias Frere-Jones and took home third place. The three students were awarded scholarships. The work of Grace Gruarin featured Joshua Fields Millburn and was awarded honorable mention.
Don Nichols founded the Albright Art School’s Graphic Design Department in 1950. He brought the program to UB, where he served as its head until his passing in 1987. He educated countless graphic designers, some of whom went on to national prominence. Nichols was awarded the Alex Osborn Award for Creativity from the Art Directors/Communicators of Buffalo, along with the Chancellor’s Award for Teaching from UB.